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FILMS FROM ISRAEL AT THE BERLINALE 2012


PANORAMA


SHARQIYA Director: Ami Livne World Sales: Golden Cinema Productions Email: eshiray@smile.net.il


SAT FEB 11 19:00 CINEMAXX 7 SUN FEB 12 22:45 CINESTAR 3 MON FEB 13 20:15 CUBIX 7 & 8 INTERLOCK WED FEB 15 22:30 COLOSSEUM 1


FORUM


BAGRUT LOCHAMIM (SOLDIER/CITIZEN) Director: Silvina Landsmann World Sales: Comino Films Email: silvina@cominofilms.com Web Site: www.cominofilms.com


FRI FEB 10 13:15 CINEMAXX 6 - PRESS SCREENING SAT FEB 11 17:30 DELPHI FILMPALAST SUN FEB 12 15:00 ARSENAL 1 TUE FEB 14 19:30 CINEMAXX 4 SAT FEB 18 22:00 CINEMAXX 4


FORUM


ORCHIM LEREGA (OFF-WHITE LIES) Director: Maya Kenig World Sales: Alpha Violet E-mail: info@alphaviolet.com Website: www.alphaviolet.com


SUN FEB 12 15:00 HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT KINO 1 MON FEB 13 14:00 CINEMAXX 3 SUN FEB 19 12:30 HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT KINO 1 MARKET SCREENING: FRI FEB 10 19:40 DFFB-KINO (FILMHAUS)


BERLINALE SHORTS


BATMAN AT THE CHECKPOINT BTA – BTC Short Film Competition, Supported by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Director: Rafael Balulu


SAT FEB. 11


WED FEB. 15 18:00 CINESTAR 5 - SCREENING AT THE EFM SUN FEB. 19 17:30 COLOSSEUM 1


GENERATION SHORTS


LAYLA BAHIR (BRIGHT NIGHT) Director: Li-At Glik


TUE FEB. 14 16:30 HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT KINO 2 FRI FEB. 17 11:00 HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT KINO 2 SUN FEB. 19 11:00 HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT KINO 2


FORUM - EXPANDED


LIVE VIDEO MULTISCREEN COMPOSITION At the back/The Details: Live Video Multiscreen Composition: Avi Mograbi, Noam Enbar, Adan Scheflan, Ariel Armoni, Yoni Silver


SAT FEB 18 21:30 HAU 2 MARKET SCREENINGS


FOOTNOTE Director: Joseph Cedar World Sales: Westend Films E-mail: info@westendfilms.com Website: www.westendfilms.com


SAT FEB 11 09:00 CINEMAXX 4


TESTIMONY Director: Shlomi Elkabetz World Sales: Wild Bunch E-mail: gfarkas@wildbunch.biz Website: www.wildbunch.biz


THU FEB 9 19:45 CINESTAR 5


THE EXCHANGE Director: Eran Kolirin World Sales: The Match Factory E-mail: info@matchfactory.de Website: www.the-match-factory.com


FRI FEB 10 13:00 CINESTAR 6


LIPSTIKKA Director: Jonathan Sagall World Sales: The Little Film Company E-mail: info@thelittlefilmcompany.com Website: www.thelittlefilmcompany.com


MON FEB. 13 15:00 CINEMAXX 11


POLICEMAN Director: Nadav Lapid World Sales: Eye on Films E-mail: infos@widemanagement.com Website: www.widemanagement.com


FRI FEB. 10 15:00 CINEMAXX STUDIO 13


LAST DAYS IN JERUSALEM Director: Tawfik Abu Wael World Sales: Eye on Films E-mail: infos@widemanagement.com Website: www.widemanagement.com


THU FEB. 9 17:15 CINEMAXX STUDIO 16


LIFE IN STILLS Director: Tamar Tal Contact: Heymann Brothers Films E-mail: barak@heymannfilms.com Website: www.heymannfilms.com


MON FEB 13 12:15 CINEMAXX 17


CINEMA JENIN Director: Marcus Vetter World Sales: Cinephil E-mail: info@cinephil.co.il Website: www.cinephil.co.il


MON FEB 13 11:00 CINEMAXX 16


LIFE IN STILLS Director: David Fisher World Sales: Cinephil E-mail: info@cinephil.co.il Website: www.cinephil.co.il


TUE FEB 14 10:45 CINEMAXX 19 TEL: +972-3-5255020, TEL/FAX: +972-3-5254920 / WWW.CINEMAPROJECT.ORG.IL


THE YEHOSHUA RABINOVICH FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS / CINEMA PROJECT INFO@CINEMAPROJECT.ORG.IL


ISRAEL FILM FUND / TEL: 972 3 562 8180, FAX: 972 3 562 5992 INFO@FILMFUND.CO.IL WWW.FILMFUND.ORG.IL


Ind-Ger. 2011. 140mins Director Farhan Akhtar Production companies Excel Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment, Film Base Berlin International sales IM Global, www. imglobalfilm.com Producers Ritesh Sidhwani, Sha Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar Screenplay Farhan Akhtar, with dialogue by Javed Akhtar Cinematography Jason West Production designer TP Abid Editor Anand Subaya Music Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy Main cast Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Kunal Kapoor, Boman Irani, Om Puri


BERLINALE SPECIAL Don — The King Is Back REVIEWED BY FIONNUALA HALLIGAN


A snake-hipped Shah Rukh Khan reprises the title role in Don — The King Is Back, Farhan Akhtar’s follow-up to blockbuster 2006 title Don (itself a remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan cult classic). Leather bomber jacket and Aviators to the fore, mercurial mastermind Don — “I’m like smoke!” — crosses Asia and Europe in a bid to break open new markets for his crime empire. But despite extensive international location work, this film could have difficulty following suit. A tongue-in-cheek vehicle for a revitalised Khan, Don — The


King Is Back was a smash hit in India and the international diaspora when it released in late 2011 and is rolling out again with a Berlinale relaunch (many of the action sequences were shot in the German capital). With only one bona fide dance number, however, Don — The


King Is Back is a puzzler for non-Indian audiences. Its laconic pacing fails to punch through a 140-minute running time and some of dated Bond-style sets may sit awkwardly with viewers fed on Mission: Impossible (from which it borrows liberally). If anything, Don — The King Is Back is most reminiscent of


Jackie Chan’s latter-day Golden Harvest blockbusters set on the international stage such as Who Am I?, with an impressively fit Shah Rukh Khan dominating the film’s many action sequences and holding out the promise of an exciting second phase of his career. The action, which can become pretty complicated for what is


a simple heist yarn at heart, kicks off with a European gangster cartel deciding to put a hit on the ponytailed Don, who we see speeding in a power boat up a river in Thailand to meet with some double-crossing drug dealers. The story then cuts to Malaysia (where the 2007 Don played


out), and Interpol headquarters, where Detective Malik (Puri) is handing over the seemingly futile quest for drug-dealing king- pin Don to his voluptuous officer Roma (Chopra). Her mission progresses quite dramatically when Don


appears bizarrely in Interpol’s offices to turn himself in, how- ever, which leads in turn to a convoluted international heist via Zurich and on to Berlin and the euro-printing headquarters of the German central bank DZB. Through all the twists and turns, Don — The King Is Back takes


a tongue-firmly-in-cheek approach, hailing its 1978 antecedent in a charmingly cheesy nightclub song-and-dance number with Khan mugging for the lens as if his life depended on it.


n 22 Screen International at the Berlinale February 13, 2012 CLOSED SCREENING AT THE OPENING OF THE TC


REVIEWS THE ISRAEL FILM COUNCIL


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